Today I had a visual demonstration of how important it is to know our authority. On our arrival at the stables early this morning we discovered that 6 of the horses had escaped over night, as someone had left a gate open. They were quite safe, but were having a bit of fun at their expanded “playroom”. Those of us who were at the stables early decided we didn’t really want to tackle all six horses, and attempt to get them back where they should be, and instead opted to wait for “the boss” to arrive.
I’ve often marveled at the “boss” and the authority she exerts in her domain. She is both the stable owner, horse trainer and coach, and exudes confidence. She is not a big person, but she carries an air of firm but fair authority. On her arrival this morning she promptly marched up to the culprit of all the horsey hijinks, caught her, shouted some commands to the other horses which instantly settled them down, and quickly and efficiently restored calm where only a few minutes earlier we had all stood in nervous apprehension.
She often says you need let the horses know who’s in charge and use your authority. You need to show that you are in control and give direction. The horses, as with all creation looks to mankind for leadership. When we don’t take our rightful place, chaos often reigns.
The same is true in regard to our spiritual authority. When God made mankind he gave us authority and dominion over all creation, but it was stolen as mankind gave up his leadership and headship by being deceived by the devil.
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” (Genesis 1:26)
Upon Jesus’ death and resurrection He restored this dominion and authority once again, triumphing over our enemy and making a public spectacle of him. He gave us authority too heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out demons, to speak to the mountains in our life and tell them to be removed, and to pray expecting our prayers to be answered. Its not us, but Jesus in us, and the authority we have in Him. “For greater is He that is in us, than He that is in the world. Jesus has been given authority over everything.” (1 John 4:4)
“And Jesus came and spoke unto the, saying. All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth” (Matthew 28:18)
Authority doesn’t beg. It doesn’t ask; authority commands. It is exercised when there is a right to exercise it, and it is accessed by faith.
Jesus gave His disciples authority to carry out His will here on earth, but they weren’t the only ones. He also gave ALL who believe authority to heal the sick and cast out devils in His name. (Mark 16:17-18)
We aren’t meant to go through life living beneath our circumstances; we are called to live above them. Neither are we meant to live our lives in fear, and powerlessness. We have been given the authority of Jesus, carrying the full weight of who He is. He expects us to walk out His victory over anything that tries to usurp our rightful place as heirs of God.
“And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory.” (Romans 8:17)
Today make a decision to start using your God given authority to bring those things in your life that are out of line, under the authority and headship of Jesus. No sickness, lack, poverty, strife, demon, or anything else in all creation has the right or authority to stand against Jesus in you.
“Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place, and gave Him the name above all names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:9-10)
Prayer: Lord please help me to step up and use the authority I have in you. I don’t want to be a victim of my circumstances, or to those who would try to usurp my God given authority. In Jesus Name Amen.